Production: Batch Production Method (GCSE)
- Levels: GCSE
- Exam boards: AQA, Edexcel, OCR, IB
Batch production occurs when many similar items are produced together. Each batch goes through one stage of the production process before moving onto next stage. Good examples include:
- Cricket bat manufacture
- Baking / meal preparation
- Clothing production
The benefits and drawbacks of batch production include:
Advantages of batch production
Making in batches reduces unit costs
Can still address specific customer needs (e.g. size, weight, style)
Use of specialist machinery & skills can increase output and productivity
Disadvantages of batch production:
Time lost switching between batches – machinery may need to be reset
Need to keep stocks of raw materials. Cash also investment in work-in-progress
Potentially de-motivating for staff
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